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for cuts in medicare and medicaid, and maybe even social security. you know, in the first two negotiations in 2010 and 2011, the congress cut $900 billion in programs for working people. the wealthy did not contribute one nickel toward deficit reduction. i think now is the time where the democrats and the president have got to stand firm and say excuse me, the middle class is hurting in this terrible recession. the number of people who are in poverty is at an all-time high. we are not going to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable and wealthy and large corporations are going to have to start paying their fair share of taxes. >> eliot: senator, not only do i agree with you i love to hear you state it with the clarity you always do. there is still unbelievable ambiguity with what the republicans are willing to do. there are basically three ideas floating around. one you can you would cap the amount any one person could make in deductions. close loopholes and three raise marginal rates. the third i gather is what you think we should do. >> i have not heard any republican is
. not just medicare. but you know, why don't we negotiate prices for prescription drugs? that would save us $160 billion over ten years. the fee for service volume-driven system that's making it unaffordable, these are things that ought to be put into the discussion and not have it just be what's the ratio because bottom line, we have to come up with something that's more efficient, more effective more sustainable. >> eliot: you make a hugely important point. no question when it comes to healthcare, we have to change, bend to the curve to use the language of washington, d.c. or else we will have a crisis. on the other hand, there are other areas of government spending where we must invest and as you point out in 19th century infrastructure does not make us competitive and what's been lost in some of the conversation here is the necessity of making those investments. are you going to try to lead the charge to bring us back to a more sensible middle ground on this? >> i am. i think some republicans might agree on that
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